Episode 40: Marmalade Men

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KEEPIN IT REEL

Mortdecai, Lionsgate UK

Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.

THE GOOD: Great acting from the cast, as is expected from the likes of Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. Really creative scene transitions.

BAD: Almost everything. A terrible script that lazily trudges forward with no real payout. There’s never any investment in the characters. Overall, you just don’t care about the film much.

FINAL RATING: 2 of 5 Pews

The Wedding Ringer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.

GOOD: For a film you’d expect to have numerous gross or raunchy jokes, it’s very subdued, and much more clever at humor delivery. Great chemistry between Hart and Gad. Terrific script pacing for trying to pack so much into an hour and a half.

BAD: Supporting characters weren't developed much, but you can’t really fault them as the supporting cast is very large.

FINAL RATING: 4 of 5 Pews

Paddington, Marmalade Films - Starring Da Bear formerly known as *insert bear noises here*, Paddington

A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

GOOD: A family movie whose messages of manners and acceptance were pushed just the right amount. Really creative scene transitions. Solid family feel-good movie. You’re gonna wanna hug someone when you leave the theater.

BAD: The Explorer’s Guild wasn’t, erm, explored enough, and the famous explorer that befriended Paddington’s family is basically forgotten as soon as we get our happy ending.

FINAL RATING: 4 of 5 Pews

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